"Promise me, honey, that you won't go outside tomorrow and talk on the radio for half an hour. You can get frostbite in five minutes."
"I promise you that I won't go outside and talk on the radio for half an hour."
1. to not go outside at all
2. if I do go outside, don't stay out there for the full half hour.
This is where you can use the natural vagueness of language to your advantage. Perhaps Alexis meant for me to broadcast from inside the Purdue Commercialization Center and not go outside at all. I, however, took it as meaning that she didn't want me to stay out there as long as usual. I talked outside for 16 minutes in a -47 degree windchill. Marital trust and honesty is still in tact.
Old house, grew up,
Shovel driveway, play hoops
All night. Hot chocolate.
It's 8:16am. I finished the morning show with a little stint talking to Dave Kusiak. Right now, he is interviewing Hal Morris, the Munster native and former MLB player who is set to be the keynote speaker at the upcoming Sportsmanship Dinner.
On the show this morning, Highland fire chief Bill Timmer and then Hammond fireman Mike Hull came on to warn people to
- keep some water running in a faucet
- not run a generator in a garage
- not use your stove to heat your house
- open your cabinets to warm the pipes
- etc. , and so forth.
All schools and most businesses are closed. Traffic is light on the Boulevard right outside my window at the Purdue Commercialization Center. Steam coming off the dentist's building across the street goes horizontal with the heavy winds. It's colder right now in Hammond, Indiana, than it is at the top of Mt. Everest or the South Pole.
... The extreme cold has put a crimp in our high school and college sports schedules. It's Indiana high school girls basketball sectionals week. That's all been pushed back to the weekend, where we already have scheduled:
1. PNW women's basketball (video)
2. PNW men's baskettball (video)
3. Purdue (W. Lafayette) men's basketball (AM and FM radio)
4. Indiana high school wrestling regionals (video)
5. Indiana high school girls swimming sectionals (video)
6. Indiana high school girls basketball sectionals (video and radio)
7. South Suburban College mens basketball (radio)
On Friday, Sam Michel and Ben Wood are set to announce a tripleheader from the Merrillville girls basketball sectional. The production crew of cameramen and producers will also do the three games. This brings to mind the record set by Frank Reynolds, the former CBS news anchor. When he started here at WJOB, he once announced eight games of the Hammond sectional back to back on AM 1230 WJOB. That was, at the time, a record. I don't know if it still is.
We have a picture of him doing it, which is kind of cool. We are turning from a strictly radio media company to something much more than that. The challenge is how do we transform into a modern streaming video company while maintaining what is good and pure and beautiful about the spirit of WJOB.
It is possible that we should divorce our streaming video operation from the spirit, that to truly build a lasting TV network for the Calumet Region we have to set it free from the shackles of the past. The jury is still out on this. I don't know what the answer is. Part of me wants to extend the WJOB spirit into other arenas... part of me wants to give the new arenas their own room to grow and their own identity.
On the other
side of Advil,
there's an anvil crushing
both sides of my head.
Cut it out, please.
We'll figure it out later. For now, Jimmy Mullaney, Ryan Walsh and I are gonna have a meeting on how to organize our Roku channel. It's confusing. The most recent broadcasts don't show up... only the upcoming ones do. There's a lot to think about in building a TV network, a lot to pay for, schedule, buy, produce, edit, organize and develop a vision for. So if the three or four of you will excuse me, I got work to do. The rest of the world might be off for the cold... but radio (and now video) roll on. And I am thankful for that.
A game of loons
They sit around a fire
rolling dice for your soul.